Deborah Serani descended into a debilitating depression as a teenager, attempting suicide at age nineteen. The fallout from this major depressive episode required her to take a medical leave of absence from college in order to recover. Upon her return, Serani directed her focus to the field of psychology and graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Hofstra University in 1982. Crediting psychotherapy as a life-saving experience for her, Serani ventured onward and obtained a Doctorate in Psychology from the Ferkauf School at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1989, and a Post-Doctoral Certificate in Psychoanalysis from the Derner institute at Adelphi University in 2002.
Sought After Speaker
Serani has spent the majority of her twenty plus years as a practicing psychologist using her personal experiences with depression to inform her clinical work, research and writing. Serani has been a sought after speaker, presenting at over a hundred different venues, most notably bringing her personal and professional experiences with depression to national conventions across the country.
You Don't Have to Suffer
"One of the greatest things I've been able to do," Serani says, "Is to let others know that there's no shame in living with a mental illness. Help is out there – and you don't have to suffer quietly or alone." Beyond the academic and literary praise for her work, high profile individuals who've openly talked about their own experiences with depression such as actress, Delta Burke, activist, Jessie Close, talk show host, Dick Cavett, and US tennis champion, Cliff Richey, are just a few who count Serani as a bold and gifted author.
“People are like stained glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within.”
~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Psychoanalyst